Will She Ever Come Back? – DIY Sliding Hatch and Save $1,000 – Ep 60 Sailing Luckyfish

Will She Ever Come Back? – DIY Sliding Hatch and Save $1,000 – Ep 60 Sailing Luckyfish

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hi everyone this is Zaya version number
two and I’m on luckyfish here in LaBelle Florida This week on Luckyfish
Zaya arrives and she’s ready to sail to the Bahamas but the boat isn’t ready we
work around the clock on the list of jobs and face a really tough decision I’m pretty keen to get the boat back in the water too, but… after a few days hopefully we will start
sailing off to Bahamas I’m so excited to be back those of you who are not aware
of who I am my name is Zaya and kind of confusing because Stewart and Zayas
called also Zaya but I’m called Zaya version number two
I’m so happy to be back and let’s see what science do here she just woke up
and let’s see what Stew is doing Hi everybody, at the workstation here we were happy to have Zaya back on board brought a sparkle back into our day here we’ve been here about six weeks and desire and I have
been working pretty long days so the first time I’ve sat at a computer in
probably a month and let’s check out what they have done so far on the boat so as you can see up there we have a wind generator it’s spinning up there
and it’s pretty amazing because now we can make energy an electricity through
our wind generator which is awesome because our boat it’s almost autonomous
you know it’s we have energy from the hydropower the wind power and solar
power as you can see there’s alot, oops sorry there’s a lot going on down here it’s all covered up but there’s so many like workshops and carpenting going down there OK let’s get to the carpenting in order to install the wind generator we had lowered the mast which meant removing the hardtop Bimini it was the ideal
opportunity to build a sliding hatch having the hatch was going to make tying
the reef points a lot easier as well as make the sail visible from inside the
pod I took a look at the Wharram method for building a sliding hatch on Brandon’s Tangaroa ‘Element’ it uses a sail track and slide arrangement I
didn’t have any sail track so I used another simple system an L-shaped slide OK, show us how it works. Nice we made the first of two Alva Hardwoods
wooden boat builder’s heaven nice bit of cedar What are you looking for? Errrr, boat building timbers. Nice bit of hardwood for a hatch surround. This mahogany here, Meranti, is probably going to be the go He has got some nice light Sapele, errrr No, Meranti here… which is three quarter, quite light probably not strong, feels a little bit to soft for a hatches its lovely and light though this is the Nida core that the bimini top
and the decks of the hulls and cabin tops is made of it’s a honeycomb plastic
honeycomb with ply sandwiched either side and Dan’s been able to the Builder
was able to get a curve in it let me see and laminate it. bit of a void in the epoxy there but… he put some more you can see the curve, yeah thickened it in the middle in order to be able to get the cabin tops to bend and then in this case
the bimini top to act as a drain this is a rain catcher as well see if it does fit.. getting it to slide nicely, its what it is all about. taking the old glue off… sanding all the surfaces whats that white stuff you used? this is Teflon. PTFE or UHMWPE which is a low friction medium density plastic hard wearing still slips under compression. anyway. I originally got it to shut the gaffs up from squeaking but now it’s being what’s left
over I’m using for this hatch track see how this works it’s a kind of a sliding
track and a weatherproof strip as well OK. Show us how it works Thats how its supposed to work but it is just binding a little There. Its a little bit tight over here. Wee bit of opening up and it should be good. Just mix a little bit of resin now for the hatch frame so we’re just mixing some reason now mixing the resin thoroughly with the slow hardener you can let it react for a minute or two and allow all the bubbles to come out of
the resin bubbly is better? well the bubbles are a problem if you’re sealing the plywood for the
first coat and the second coat that’s a good idea – with the resin stand just
for a minute or two and let the bubbles rise otherwise if you start rolling it
straight on to plywood or wood you end up with bubbles as a finish
it’s not good okay so you can see that those bubbles are almost all out now. they have risen up to the surface the other trick with west or any epoxy because it’s an exothermic reaction is
to not allow it to sit in the cup mixing bowl for too long as one lump because
the heat builds up really quickly and sets it off so they’re quicker you can
spread it onto an open surface the better and certainly the longer the pot
life you’ll get out of it alright. let’s do it [MUSIC] Here’s our hatch. It’s almost ready. Getting there. after sanding filling fairing more sanding and barrier coating with epoxy it was time to apply
two finishing coats its going to come out like a factory window factory hatch. [LAUGHS] Whats happening here? We can mount the posts for the bimini top seal those down, bolt them down and then we can lift the bimini top into place Yay! finally bimini top back. Im happy bimini top is down there. i rolled it and did a perfect job. [LAUGHS] with the hatch finished Zaya gave the entire Bimini two coats top and bottom and then installed some
LED lighting OMG, so beautiful party is on! nice job Zaya! Thank you the pod got a good sand too and repainting as we had made some modifications to the navigation console we set the BMG monitor into a waterproof
housing and moved it down a bit to make it easier to see over we opened up the
engine ignition panel to make servicing the switches easier move the VHF up from
the cabin into the pod what are you doing zai VHF radio installed USB charges and tidied up the
wiring well let’s look at moss this is this is my navigation box they also did this we made a box to shield the spear fuel
tank from the Sun and how’s the life raft no one wanted to talk about the job
list we tried to stay positive about taking zyre to see the Bahamas but she
only had a limited amount of time what he want to say how about fellow things
what’s your experience tousle mission to the shops yeah Jerry and zyre found this
neat cooler box to store our shower gear I think that’s made for the spot and
spear fresh water war 220 cans of beer or one zyre this is Stewart and Ziya
working on epoxy coating stayin understand allowance of the
uncivil job so we went with a roller she’s tipping
now tipping the bubbles out of the signified of waste to remove the bubbles
as there are bubbles on the slide
with the beautiful flowing strokes the bubbles
aren’t appearing like pillows resting on the woods let’s do it language it’s
shining I’m just heading into Alva timbres there
are about eight miles ahead of LaBelle and they’ve got a great selection of all
sorts of marine tempest and some very exotic and rare tenders as well and the
prices to go with them but I’m just going in today to get just a bit of
douglas-fir well Oregon as we know in the South the
deep south for the aft deck planking which we’re finally gonna fill in that
some letter area with removable deck pieces that I spent some time this
morning going through there jobs we reckon we can see the light at
the end of the tunnel with the jobs his eyes pretty keen to get the boat back in
the water I’m pretty keen to get the boat back in the water too but
also complete along well the never-ending list of jobs really so
we’re going to draw the line somewhere so murals got some black walnut from
Missouri here and just take a look at the prices on that stuff and this this
timber black walnut would be ideally suited to growing in Mongolia it’s a
fine fine furniture timber tabletops beautiful grain one of the prime
hardwoods yeah right that’s what does that al 18 inch board look at that yeah
wouldn’t that be something that’s and what was stairs stairs step polished
stairs this is the longleaf extinct pine that they used for the tall mass on your
hips okay let’s see how fine a green so that’s 200 years old that pine yeah yes
sir cut just after Civil War with an axe and then lost in the swanee River until
Goodwin heart pine yes security okay it’s three-inch flanks yes yeah I know
some of the ages on your timber you don’t just sell to me you sell it with
the age of it as well like like there was 1960s that we just chose there was i doing for their new base for the
full mast winch it was great to catch up with Merrill
again he’s a lovely old guy full of great stories he runs a really nice
business they’re just specializing and more mostly quality hardwoods
unfortunately he carries a bit of dark fear as well and Stu what’s happening
here so many jobs on the GAR the bonus track what are you what is this going to
be used for your dad ring duck foreign I’m gonna make a plug for this using
your same wood I’m gonna put some screwball in that
this homes we all realized that LaBelle was a rare opportunity
we were unlikely to find ourselves next to another Wharram particularly a
neighbor as generous as brandon was with his tools and advice he became a brother
to us plus we had easy access to supplies while in the united states so
this was our dilemma go back in the water while nice I still had time to
sail with us or stay on the hard stand Brandon wandered over from element to
check on quality control look at this these are in epoxy no C’s the reason we
probably should have put some thick or enough well and they should have been
pre coded it looks like it drink drank at yes soak it all up now the faster way
slightly more dangerous way what we just saying from the top down a little blade
just like this yeah super fast although you just had you stand a chance of
digging into the wood around it well you know maybe I’m old school I like hand
tools the job I don’t know the chisel might be faster I don’t know this might
be cleaner – I don’t know – what are you doing yes yes sealing the endgrain
this is a table base to make a little pedestal which is going to allow us to
unfold it out tape out the table on the pot it’ll double the size of the table
it’s just something it’s never really been finished following the barnacles
great back at Sarasota we still have little cement disks all over the hulls
the girls set to work scraping them off copper coat seems to resist abrasion
very well and looks like it will last for years what are you using grit coming
up in the ice you still see the blemishes from these from the barnacles
these spots here yes but once it’s all sanded that comes up really good nice
and smooth good a copper showing through oh and they’re plenty yeah 53 5050 yep well it’s still showing the
role on the orange peel from the role or application when it first went on
eventually I guess it’ll come out completely smooth because it’s quite a
thick coating looks like another few years away yet and why are you showing
us these hands first Oh although the boat looked ready
we still had more to finish and Zayas time had run out we felt so bad that we
promised her sailing and gave her work instead yeah we need to go the other
side and see the sunlight on it hopefully we can make it up to here one
day soon well everyone if you found this video useful then please give it a like
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52 thoughts on “Will She Ever Come Back? – DIY Sliding Hatch and Save $1,000 – Ep 60 Sailing Luckyfish

  • Luckyfish Gets Away Post author

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  • mrabrasive51 Post author

    sure she's pretty,but how's her repair skills?lol.

  • Richard Shipp Post author

    What does Zaya mean in the Mongolian language?

  • peter raymund Post author

    no masks Lol

  • spencer marshall Post author

    The refit that never ends. Looks like you are vying for an article in that Better Wharrams and Women publication.

  • Zujul Post author

    Lots of hard work makes the rewarding parts better.

  • cartmanrlsusall Post author

    I get the impression Mongolian woman aren't afraid of hard work,theres another hurricane brewing around florida today I hope the fish and crew or well clear

  • Steffan Rhoads Post author

    You all do such nice work!

  • Black Hat Post author

    Was supprised to hear you had been working for 6 weeks, would not have expected it to take that long to refit for putting her back in the water.
    For the sliding hatch, did you re-use the piece you cut out for the hatch? or make a hatch out of new wood?

  • jderrida69 Post author

    Always a great job ! That is a lot of work, but I am certain that it will all pay off as you put Luckyfish back in the water. I hope Zaya 2.0 will enjoying more sailing later on in the season.

  • umvhu Post author

    The smoother you get that coppercoat the better it will slide through the water? You're also moving closer to replacing the internal combustion engine with electric drive, but will that save money?

  • David Clark Post author

    Zia #2 you are gorgeous. Happy to have you back. Fair winds from Alberta, Canada.

    PS I enjoy all 3 of your involvement in the video and look forward to the next one.

  • Patrick St-Onge Post author

    Musto in Florida – that looked cold ๐Ÿ™‚
    What a coincidence, I was looking at these jackets yesterday!
    HPX or MPX… that's the question – any hints? ๐Ÿ™‚
    Cheers Stew!

  • jim nickles Post author

    Walnut also makes very nice Rifle Stocks. Always Good to see Zaya2.0, I noticed things can go faster while she films. I hope how soon she Graduates, so she can spend a month or two Aboard to Rest and Recharge before she gets a job.. Zaya 1.0 is a persnickety Carpenter, isn't she? She does Good Work.

  • roderick mchardy Post author

    certainy enjoying the hard standing videos,, love that boat … and nice crew !!

  • Brian Petersen Post author

    Good job! Excellent video.

  • Jay Erickson Post author

    You Have A Lovely Crew !

  • Robert Samsung Post author

    You are lucky that Zaya v1 &v2 are crafts persons and that they can actually use equipment and tools the right way. Some women could not be bothered with manual labor. It is going to look wonderful when completed.

  • Eric Vialla Post author

    hoooo this is new top just created for luckyfish …????

  • Eric Vialla Post author

    i thinkbi willxqax under water linrcwith parafinecwax …what you think Stewarts …cooking parafinewax and rolled with big roller …..u thonk it will working later clean boat on water ….?????

  • Bruno Wiebelt Post author

    an other prove : good teams can accomplish a lot … what a nice boat

  • Horace Gardner Post author

    Fantastic job to the three of you!
    I really appreciate and admire the detail and quality of work.
    Look forward to seeing you back on the water.

  • Chris Bell Post author

    Great seeing the projects. Hopefully you will provide her another opportunity to meet up with y'all before long.

  • Pak De Post author

    so now we know why you guys haven't been posting regularly! hopefully Zaya Jr. will be able to catch up with you over spring break… but for tanning, not sanding ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sebastian Irazuzta Post author

    great opportunity to get all that work done.

  • Fredrick Rourk Post author

    Zaya #2 is number 1 in my book!
    Wow she is gorgeous and has such a lovely voice.

  • David b Post author

    I like seeing the work you do on the boat. I hope to live on a boat in a few years. And like the fact that your channel is not all sailing and sundowners. And I live in Missouri where that walnut was logged from.

  • Fredrick Rourk Post author

    I have allways been told White Oak has good resistance to rot in the tropics. Teak is one of the best.

  • Hans Quistorff Post author

    I was wondering if zinc powder could be used in the bottom paint instead of the copper.

  • Tim K Post author

    Stew, You are a very Lucky Fish indeed to have such helpful woman in your life. Ladies, you are deserving of all all that you strive to achieve in life. Hard work does pay off and it's nice to see the sweat equity you gals put into the project. Well done!

  • Barry Stone Post author

    Well we made it from Darwin 2 kupang it went well so far took a week where newbies we're not in no hurry but man the pollution plastic everywhere hope all goes well are you and your crew still no dingy things are cheap here though we'll see we'll just keep our leopard skin dingy rolling patch in patch LOL be safe out there

  • Barry Stone Post author

    When I wanted to say good to see Zaya 2 back again looking good as always give her a few years she be almost as smart as Zaya 1 LOL need to go fishing be safe out there Reef Runner out

  • Barry Stone Post author

    I watch everything you do that boat brother I have a mirror image almost kind of sort of I have an M learning from you good luck with that wind generator mine's down low I didn't put mine on top it is what it is everything is going good but I can't use my water gen too much crap in the water pollution is bad down here it's amazing it's beautiful but nasty

  • Barry Stone Post author

    I forgot to tell you we made it from Darwin to to kupang I can't spell it gee Wiz Jingle Bells but it all went well no problems for us newbies it was a long trip the week we did well beautiful but pollution everywhere unbelievable be safe out there

  • Barry Stone Post author

    Well the wife said I need to explain better Zaya one as worth more then the whole damn boat and she's right you get another boat but not another Zaya and you can buy all the beer you want anyway LOL be safe out there love you blog Reef Runner out

  • Peter in The Gong Post author

    I enjoyed this episode for a few reasons. It was great to see everyone getting involved Hands On tackling all of the projects. Should something go wrong later everyone will have an educated opinion on the problem. Also, no one was moaning and groaning about the workload or maintenance like some other yachting channels. Great video and thank you

  • Sailing Wannabe Post author

    Was trying to work out the math in those boards, so if the large number is the price. Example 900.00 for a 10โ€™ x2โ€x18โ€ board is $30.00 a board foot that guy is making bank

  • Frank D Post author

    I thought you werenโ€™t going to allow commercials ?

  • T.M. Edgar Post author

    Looks like you found the two best Zaya's in all of Mongolia.

  • David Jones Post author

    Wow, water, wind, and solar power. It will be interesting to see how well this all balances with your new electic motor down the road. Maybe keep the outboard on for a spare huh? You know you guys are probably being more influencial than you might expect to future sailboat design. You are going to be prototyping, and then testing in real world conditions better than most could ever hope to do, then relaying to us fans whom surely there are more than a few designers amongst. This is valuable. I hope you include the tech specs of your components somewhere in the videos to come. A completely self sufficient eco-friendly sailboat. What a noble pursuit.

  • philip ritson Post author

    Shouldn't you seal the plastic core with thickened epoxy?

  • Tim Allbritton Post author

    I am certainly impressed with your wife. She is very pretty, smart , so polite and hard working… you my friend are a lucky man! Of course I am sure that you realized that a long time ago… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • John X Post author

    Hi Stewart and Zaya squared.
    Great video.
    It's always reassuring to see other people hacking ugly lumps off the boat and fixing them up again beautifully. It gives me confidence when I have to do it!
    To get the bubbles out of your resin… If you have a power tool that vibrates (Sander, multi-tool etc) Just rest the base of the cup on it and run the tool. The vibration will enable the bubbles to rise quickly.
    Without the power tool, just tap the base of the cup with (or on) something hard.

  • BayAreaBlues Post author

    Typical bait and switch – "Hey, ya wanna come sailing?ย  We just need to finish up a little bit of work first.ย  Won't take but a minute."ย ย  And Zaya 2.0 fell for it hook, line and sinker!ย ย hahahahaย  You should pay her school tuition for that one!ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • MiQ Bohlin Post author

    Really enjoying all this diy work. Wish to be able to give you a hand, some day, in heavy tool works. Maybe it will come true?
    Anyway, good of you to show all the prep work thatโ€™s needed before splash. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

  • Pete J Post author

    Lovely english Zaya number 2

  • pol swan Post author

    coppercoat, not that great,,, easy to clean out of water,,,, but in,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,took it away after 3 years,,, back to classic antifouling,,

  • deeannec2000 Post author

    You are incredibly lucky to have a Zaya…. much less 2.

  • marie Aitken-swift Post author

    Iโ€™m very impressed with coppercoat. My Hull was steel so could not use.

  • marie Aitken-swift Post author

    I was told by the chandler that it would cause electrolysis between the hull anodes and the propeller. I just accepted the information, but maybe that was incorrect. I had a steel hull as I was doing blue water cruising like yourselves but not so extensive. I had an experience whilst charter sailing in Greece with a fibreglass yacht with a sunken sea container, itโ€™s corner was just protruding, just managed to spot it and steer away. It was daylight. We were lucky, as if we had hit it, there is no doubt the yacht would have been holed. Have you had any similar experience.

  • Nigel HA Post author

    thank you, I very much enjoy the ' work' videos, you have a great crew and friends there. I Coppercoated my powerboat , sprayed for smoothness, so our finish is almost smooth.Coppercoat in Oz, recomended a brown sanding pad, like those green/blue ones as it just removes the epoxy and not any copper. I think you need to take Zaya to Cuba, she will love the mojitos! Fair winds!

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